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To facilitate the implementation of the country’s National Development Plan, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment is developing a strategic plan that would  serve as a Roadmap to achieving the objectives of Increasing foreign investment  and International trade in Nigeria.

The Permanent Secretary  Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment stated this today at a special retreat on the all important Ministry’s Strategic Plan.

She said the Strategic plan will serve as a roadmap to achieve the objectives of Government as streamlined in the National Development  Plan.

Dr. Ngige said the Ministry strategic plan would serve as a roadmap to ensure the collective objectives of the Ministry and its Parastatals are geared towards achieving  the objectives of the Government  as streamlined in the National Development Plan.

She explained  that  the objective of the Retreat was to create a conducive platform for the top management of the Ministry and its Parastatals to discuss, brainstorm and provide input into the draft Strategic Plan of the Ministry for five years, from 2023 to 2027; and come up with strategies for achieving the set targets.

The Permanent Secretary  said “As a Ministry, we have a crucial role to play in the economic development of our Country, through  the Industry, Trade and Investment sector and we must ensure that our plans align with the current National Development Plan”.

She said the Ministry’s strategic  plan would also  promote inter-Agency-Department collaboration and synergies through joint programmes and activities that would foster efficiency in achieving sectoral mandates.

She added that the  National Development Plan (NDP 2021 – 2025) is the highest priority of the Federal Government which seeks to unlock all constraints to ensure that inclusive and sustainable economic growth is enhanced to generate employment and reduce poverty as the the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (FCSIP 2021-2025)  as well as  to reposition the Nigeria Federal Civil Service as an effective machinery of government for improved service delivery.

 “The role of the Government will go beyond the normal provision of the enabling environment but also to include the qualitative participation of vital sectors of the economy that will open opportunities for the private sector to be a major engine of growth”, she stressed.

She maintained that the strategic plan would also among other things,  address several subsisting development challenges in the Country which include low and fragile economic growth, insecurity, weak institutions, insufficient public service delivery, notable infrastructure deficits, climate change and weak social indicators and would seek to invest massively in infrastructure, ensure macroeconomic stability, enhance the investment environment, improve on social indicators and living conditions.

 She further emphasized that the Strategic plan is designed to guide stakeholders in achieving the mandate of promoting economic growth and development in Nigeria through industrialization, trade, and investment, which is  aimed at  creating an enabling environment for businesses to thrive, attract foreign investments, and develop the manufacturing and service sectors.

She  therefore called on  participants at the retreat  to keenly employ their experiences and expertise on the draft strategic plan that would guarantee the achievement of the Ministry’s Vision to  promote economic growth, create jobs and generate wealth while  urging  them  to jointly identify and set goals for consolidation in the 2023 – 2027 Strategic Plan by  determining the roles and contributions of respective Departments and Parastatals to the attainment of the set goals.

Earlier in his welcome address,  the Director Policy Planning Research and Statistics  Department in the Ministry, Alhaji Babagana Alkali expressed optimism  that the retreat which had in attendance   Directors and Heads of Agencies of the Ministry  would  have a good

understanding of the Strategic Plan and their respective roles in order to key into the plan in line with the mandate of the Industry, Trade and Investment Sector as stipulated in the National Development Plan (NDP)-(2021-2025) and the Federal Civil Service Strategy Implementation Plan (FCSIP 2021-2025).

The Director stated that  revalidation retreat would hold in the Southern and Northern zones   for inputs  from stakeholders before the final adoption of the Strategic Plan document.

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